We appreciate the opportunity to respond to this important consultation and remain gladly at the disposal of the European Commission staff to elaborate on any of our responses.
Investment managers, acting on behalf of their retail and institutional clients, are among the largest investors in financial markets. They represent a key component of the market’s “buy-side” segment.
In representing the interests of its members on wholesale capital market issues, EFAMA advocates for fair, deep, liquid, and transparent capital markets, supported by properly regulated and supervised market infrastructure.
EFAMA Position on the draft Joint Guidelines of ESAs regarding customer due diligence under Anti-Money Laundering Directive
EFAMA is closely monitoring the recent regulatory developments in the field of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing, in particular the due diligence duties of the asset management sector. EFAMA is embracing the objective of enhancing transparency and accessibility to the beneficial ownership information and also fully acknowledges the importance of obtaining accurate identification and verification data of natural and legal persons for fighting money laundering and terrorist financing.
EFAMA's reply to ESMA's CP on RTS specifying the scope of the consolidated tape for non-equity financial instruments
EFAMA supports every efforts made to enhance financial markets regulation which reinforces the stability and the transparency of the financial system.
In that perspective, EFAMA welcomes the opportunity to comment on the ESMA Consultation Paper on RTS specifying the scope of the consolidated tape for non-equity financial instruments. We consider that a consolidate tape (“CT”) is a key positive factor for price formation and transparency.
Prior to replying to the consultation, we wish to make the following general remarks
EFAMA views and recommendations on ESMA's consultation on the review of EMIR RTS on APC margin measures
The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) welcomes the opportunity to respond to this important review of RTS 153/2013 and accompanying guidelines, in light of the procyclicality witnessed during the peak volatility of the Covid crisis. European CCPs already have standard anti-procyclicality tools in their rulebooks and this did lead to less volatile moves in margin in Europe versus other jurisdictions.
EFAMA – the urgency behind a consolidated tape for Europe | A buy-side view on consolidated tape and market structure reforms
The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA) has today published its position paper on the European Commission’s proposed Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation review which establishes a blueprint for a consolidated tape (CT) across Europe’s capital markets.
EFAMA is recruiting a regulatory policy adviser in distribution of financial products, investor protection and/or client disclosures, as well as a regulatory policy adviser with relevant experience in sustainable finance and/or stewardship.
This report analyses the progress made in recent years by European households in allocating more of their financial wealth to capital market instruments (pension plans, life insurance, investment funds, debt securities and listed shares) and less in cash and bank deposits. It also includes policy recommendations on improving retail participation in capital markets, including for the Retail Investment Strategy currently under discussion.
Some key findings include:
A real-time consolidated tape, provided it is made available at a reasonable cost, will bring many benefits to European capital markets. A complete and consistent view of market-wide prices and trading volumes is necessary for any market, though this is especially true for the EU where trading is fragmented across a large number of trading venues. A real-time consolidated tape should cover equities and bonds, delivering data in ‘as close to real-time as technically possible’ after receipt of the data from the different trade venues.
The current lack of quality pre- and post-trade data and the fragmentation of data sources remain an obstacle to the completion of the Capital Markets Union. The benefits of a real-time Consolidated Tape are wide-ranging: from market surveillance for supervisors, to best execution and an improved view on trading opportunities for retail investors, to portfolio management and pre- and post-trade analysis for fund managers to name a few.